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Despite Mansionair’s success, Minneapolis has yet to Catch Wind

Mansionair Concert Varsity Theater Live Performance Concert Violet City Minneapolis Minnesota Dinkytown Astronaut - Photo by Chris Taylor
Mansionair - Photo by Chris Taylor

I came across the Sydney, Austrailian alt/indie band, Mansionair while browsing through a curated Spotify playlist. When the chorus for their song “Astronauts” hit my ears, I instantly looked for tour dates on their website and snagged my self a ticket.

I walked toward The Varsity Theater on a Wednesday night at 7:45 to see no line in front of the door. I assumed everyone must be inside. I grab my ticket from will call and enter the main room to see more than a handful people scattered around the room.

Mansionair was scheduled to play at 8:00 PM as they were the openers for Bob Moses, but I certainly expected to see more fans show up for their set, considering the success they’ve had since 2016.

Mansionair Concert Varsity Theater Live Performance Concert Violet City Minneapolis Minnesota Dinkytown Astronaut - Photo by Chris Taylor
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Mansionair – Photo by Chris Taylor

Jack Froggatt (vocalist), Lachlan Bostock (producer/guitarist), and Alex Nicholls (drummer, producer) walk on stage followed by a depressing “woo” from fifteen or so people in the crowd. Regardless of the number of attendees, we were eager to hear them play.

Froggatt sports a brown suede overcoat with an olive green undershirt hanging out the bottom of his jacket. Bostock is wearing a 90’s sweatshirt of the cartoon, Tasmanian Devil, while the drummer looks like he walked into the sitcom, Friends’ dressing room to borrow a flowy button up from Chandler Bing.

Mansionair Concert Varsity Theater Live Performance Concert Violet City Minneapolis Minnesota Dinkytown Astronaut - Photo by Chris Taylor
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I’m loving it. We walked toward the front of the stage to get up-close and personal.

Nearly exact replicas to their recordings, Froggatt’s effortless and flawless vocals float across Bostock’s delicately played guitar and Nicholls four-on-the-floor beat.

Slipping in and out of falsetto without a hitch, Froggatt fed one sing-a-long downtempo ballad after the other as the crowd grew larger due to late arrivers.

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“Falling” and “Hold Me Down” were instant favorites. The crowd livens up when “Line Of Sight” (A song they collaborated on with ODESZA) Their hit, “Astronauts” is their last song, respectively, and of course it’s done fantastically well.

Mansionair gives an enormous shout out to Minneapolis before they clear the stage for the next act.

I encourage you to click the links to the tracks I’ve provided above and keep an eye out for when the group will tour to a venue near you in the future. See them while they’re still relatively under the radar.

Written by Bo Weber

Positive energy-seeking Minnesotan who finds joy in songwriting, graphic design, writing, videography, eating plants, and living in a van down by the river.

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